I love live theater. I love live youth theater. But most of all I love quality youth theater. Two of our children have participated in theater in one way or another for several years – our 21 year old daughter even minored in theater in college. This year the youth theater company she works with staged a production of Scrooge the Musical, which she was able to help direct. This ambitious undertaking involved about 60 people, including an all teen cast – with the youngest being preteens, directors and choreographers, costumers and stage managers, crew and support people. Some parts were even double-cast. Our 11 year old son joined the cast for the first time and ended up with a small part as a street urchin and “young Ebby” – he said only 3 words, but they were great words. This show was high quality and a perfect beginning to this holiday season. As I wrote on my personal Facebook page following Monday’s show, these wonderful kids gave the audience a performance that “was touching and funny and moving and beautiful and everything in between all at once. Special kudos to Truman Florence (see TNT at http://www.takenotetroupe.org. )who was The. Best. Scrooge. Ever.”
In the words of director Jamey Meteer (our girl), “The story of Scrooge teaches us that we can all change. Each day we can make the decision to live for ourselves and our short-sighted wants, or live for others and receive true. I had the privilege of photographing dress rehearsals and a show. Please enjoy.
The ghost of Jacob Marley
That’s my boy.
…and my girl
My wish for all of you as we begin this Christmas season is that we will “follow Scrooge’s lead, choose the better life. You’ll love it.”